Summer deluges have been blamed for killing many forms of marine life as well as flushing land-based animals into Port Phillip Bay.
A live tiger snake was plucked from the sand at Williamstown beach, dead penguins have washed up at Altona and Port Melbourne while dead fish are floating off Elwood.
At Sandridge beach, which is closest to the mouth of the Yarra River and has been closed since Christmas, lifesavers have been collecting rubbish.
As well as contaminating and killing animals in and around waterways, the deluges have caused beaches to be closed and summer sporting and recreational events to be scuttled.
SuperSprint Gatorade Triathlon Series organisers said it had been a "major disappointment" they were forced to cancel the swimming leg of their competitions at St Kilda in November and again in December after EPA reports ruled the quality of the water unsafe to swim in.
"It was ridiculously disappointing for 2000 participants at both events who had to complete a running leg instead because of the quality of the water," said event marketing manager, Pierre Meneaud.
Ironically, the Dolphin Research Institute has again had to cancel its "i sea, i care" campaign, its biggest program of the year that highlights the bay's health.
Director Jeff Weir said the type of pollution pouring into the bay - silt, sediment, toxins, and household and garden chemicals - threatened its future.
"The bay is a living breathing biological filter and all the different invertebrates living on the seabed plus the seagrasses are helping keep it clean," Mr Weir said.
"But silt and sediment and toxins and debris are all smothering that natural filtering system."
The Committee for Melbourne and Shadow Environment Minister Greg Hunt have called for a Clean Up the Bay action plan to be implemented.
Mr Hunt said the plan should include a bay infrastructure plan to be delivered over a decade and an Annual Bay Day in which volunteers help clean up the beach.
"The key to Cleaning up the Bay is a Decade of Action with clear targets, actions and responsibilities," he said.
"Just as importantly though is a full community partnership which draws in both the different tiers of Government and the community."
Mr Hunt said the next step was for an initial forum, to bring together potential partners and to help set the vision for the clean-up.
Contaminated rivers and creeks pouring into the bay along with the run-off from hundreds of storm water drains should be a wake-up call to Victorians about the vulnerable state of the jewel in Victoria's crown, he said.
The EPA beach report on 36 bay sites yesterday listed 22 as poor and not suitable for swimming and 14 as fair. Not one was good.
heraldsun.com.au 9 Jan 2012
There can be no denying that in Victoria or rather Melbourne there has been record drought braking rains, even though there still is a Stage 1 water restriction.
The government's policy is always to 'enforce' a stage of water restrictions in order to justify the building of the de-salination plant, for which the public will pay dearly for.
Irrespective of how much water there will be in the reserviors, the government will always opress the public financially, by falsely stating that there is not enough water, and punishing the masses for using an anount of water necessary for daily life.
The government falsifies the water figures to justify its business decision for building the de-salination plant.